Tired of broken promises, Joburg residents go it alone

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Tired of broken promises, Joburg residents go it alone

With government incapable or unwilling to do its job, these Joburg communities are taking charge

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Communities and NGOs, long past waiting to realise the dreams they had in 1994 when they put their first crosses on ballot papers, are taking matters into their own hands.

People such as Isaac Mofokeng, who founded the Itireleng Task Team during lockdown when he and fellow community members found themselves without work. 

Boipatong in Vanderbijlpark has, for many years, been overflowing with sewage. The township is on the Vaal River, where the wastewater treatment plant is broken. The pressure from sewage backing up at the treatment pump flows back into residents’ pipes, which have not been maintained by the flailing Emfuleni municipality. The result is a constant stream of effluent in homes, roads and even the local police station...

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